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by eNate
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: GPS is abyssmal...can I use Android Auto
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: GPS is abyssmal...can I use Android Auto

As I recall, the Germans -- BMW, Mercedes, VW -- collectively bought Nokia's navigation division, which Nokia created when they purchased Navteq back when it was apparent Google and Apple were going to spoil the market for stand alone GPS units. I believe they are collectively pooling map and traffi...
by eNate
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: GPS is abyssmal...can I use Android Auto
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: GPS is abyssmal...can I use Android Auto

Do you receive traffic data and can you voice search for the name of a local business?
by eNate
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Removing the California HOV Stickers
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Removing the California HOV Stickers

Well, not literally alongside, but in concert with, yes.
by eNate
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: GPS is abyssmal...can I use Android Auto
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: GPS is abyssmal...can I use Android Auto

I presume you're meaning iDrive navigation, not your GPS? Do you have connected services for traffic and point-of-interest search? I agree it doest measure up to Google and Waze, and yes there are aftermarket solutions. Check out BimmerTech's MMI Prime. It's an add-on module that sits between your c...
by eNate
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: News and Main BMW i3 Forum Discussions
Topic: Maximum range indicator
Replies: 10
Views: 290

Re: Maximum range indicator

Since you're on #2 I'm sure you've already heard the routine, the range estimate is based on the last 18 miles of driven, battery temp & ambient temp, but may be modified if you enter a destination in nav. If you've been driving a number of relatively short trips on a non pre-conditioned battery, th...
by eNate
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Next maps update?
Replies: 4
Views: 140

Re: Next maps update?

Are BMW maps split between "onboard" and "online?" For instance, in my Audi, the actual line-drawn maps and street names / highway designations were stored on the car and updated by USB. However, the imagery (Audi used a Google Earth layer) was updated via a cellular connection, as were traffic cond...
by eNate
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: Removing the California HOV Stickers
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Removing the California HOV Stickers

Use a heat gun! The first one I removed I peeled straightaway with no prep, planning to use Goo Gone to clean the residue. Chore! The sticker is a three layer laminate with an anti - tamper feature that leaves behind a field of dots. Took forever. Nos. 2, 3, and 4 I used a heat gun right to the poin...
by eNate
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Technical BMW i3 Discussions
Topic: Parasitic battery charge loss from cold temperatures?
Replies: 4
Views: 171

Re: Parasitic battery charge loss from cold temperatures?

Cold temps alone shouldn't result in a state of charge decrease. The inverse would be that the battery could be charged to 100% when cold, then rise to greater than 100% when brought back to room temperature, which we know isn't the case. The low temps mean the battery won't operate as efficiently, ...
by eNate
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Buying the BMW i3
Topic: Level 2 Charging Approach
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Level 2 Charging Approach

I do have 20A/110 V circuits in my garage which I assume you did also. To get the 240V, did you convert a pair of 110V outlets? That is essentially how you wire up a 240v receptacle. You'll need to make sure each side comes from a different leg from your load center (so one red and one black). You'...
by eNate
Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: General / Main i3 Owners Forum
Topic: BMW Connected Feature
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: BMW Connected Feature

Jim, part of the dilemma is there is so much contradictory, often incorrect, info on batteries. An example? Right in your comment! Today's laptops and phone have very advanced battery management and they won't continue to apply a charge if left plugged in. Simply put, if they're charging lithium ion...

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